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What to expect

Cycling with a view

Five days of fully guided cycling along picturesque paths

Portugal & Spain

Explore these two fascinating countries on two wheels

Prime Location

Stay near the beautiful Monte Gordo beach

About the trip

Join your fellow solo travellers on a group cycling holiday to discover the wonderful Eastern Algarve and Southern Spain on two wheels. Our week of fantastic cycling meanders along picturesque cycle tracks and lanes, taking in the stunning countryside and charming villages this delightful region has to offer.

Grade: Easy to Medium


What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Room for sole use
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Half Board – breakfast & dinner daily in hotel
  • Drinks included with evening meals
  • Supercross bike Model Astro Fancy or Coluer Ascent wheel 26 size M /L brakes V-brake 21 speeds, Shimano, flat pedal & helmet
  • 5 fully guided cycling days
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially Protected


  • Arrive In Portugal
  • Algarve: Santa Rita
  • Spain: Ayamonte And Isla Cristina
  • Algarve: Tavira Ecovia
  • Day At Leisure
  • Spain: Ayamonte & Isla Canela
  • Algarve: Castro Marim Nature Reserve
  • Departure Day


  • Insurance click here
  • Lunches
  • E-Bikes available to prebook in advance – approximately £120 per week.

What you’ll be doing


Arrive in Portugal

Arrive at Faro Airport and transfer to the the Hotel Baia de Monte Gordo


Algarve: Santa Rita

Our first day of cycling begins from our hotel. Our route takes us along quiet lanes which meander through the beautiful countryside to the typical Algarve village of Santa Rita. Here we take a break in the local café for lunch (at own cost). We then ride on quiet tarmac lanes and along the way cross a ford before the village of Fonte Salgada, if the water level allows.

We continue along picturesque lanes to finish in the charming town of Tavira. The route takes us directly to the train station to catch the local train back to Monte Gordo along with our bicycles.

Distance: 29km Ascent/descent: 100m


Spain: Ayamonte & Isla Cristina

After breakfast, we leave our hotel and cycle on a designated cycleway to Vila Real S. Antonio, where the river Guadiana meets the sea. We’ll take our bikes across on the ferry to the Spanish town of Ayamonte. Next, we cycle east through the historic salt pans of Ayamonte. For centuries, these salt pans have produced salt and shellfish. Today, they also serve as a sanctuary for a diverse array of birdlife.

We tour the bustling small town of Isla Cristina before returning to Ayamonte to catch the ferry back to Portugal. During the day, there will be stops for refreshments and lunch (at own cost)

Distance: 41km Ascent/descent: minimal


Algarve: Tavira Ecovia

Today we take a charming route, running along the coast and the Ria Formosa on the coastal ecovia. En route we visit the quintessential coastal village of Cacela Velha with its Moorish influenced architecture. We pass through Cabanas where cafés line the attractive waterfront. We finish again in Tavira, one of the most unspoilt towns in the Algarve. There will be time to stroll around & enjoy this lovely town.  Our route takes us to the train station where we can take the train back to Monte Gordo with our bicycles. During the day, there will be stops for refreshments and lunch (at own cost).

Distance: 26km; Ascent/descent: minimal


Day at Leisure

Today can be enjoyed at our leisure, perhaps spent enjoying the hotel’s facilities or enjoying the seaside resort of Monte Gordo.


Spain: Ayamonte & Isla Canela

Our route today takes us through pine woodland on quiet, well-surfaced tracks to Vila Real S. António. We’ll take our bikes across on the ferry to the Spanish town of Ayamonte. We then cycle south to the resort area of Isla Canela and the Isla Del Moral, a more local fishing village. We return to Ayamonte and board the ferry back to Portugal. During the day, there will be stops for refreshments and lunch (at own cost).

Distance: 37km Ascent/descent: minimal


Algarve: Castro Marim Nature Reserve

Our day of cycling is based around a local circuit centred on the local Nature Reserve. Along the way we visit the reserve’s headquarters where we are given information on the banks of the river Guadiana and the salt works of Castro Marim around where an abundance of birds have made their home. We also visit the attractive and historic small town of Castro Marim, dominated by its ancient castle and more recent fortifications guarding the river, and giving great views over the surrounding countryside. During the day, there will be stops for refreshments and lunch (at own cost).

Distance: 27km Ascent/descent: minimal


Departure Day

After breakfast, we enjoy some free time to do any last minute local shopping and sightseeing before heading to the airport for our flight home.


Hotel Baia de Monte Gordo Three-star

Our cosy, friendly hotel is located near the beach and within reach of the resorts bars and restaurants, an ideal base for our week of Solos cycling.

Facilities Include

Facilities include restaurant, bar, small rooftop swimming pool, lounge area, Wi-Fi.

Room Includes

Our rooms have ensuite bathroom, desk, flat screen satellite  TV, hairdryer, free wi-fi, air-conditioning and balcony.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Reviews

“I’m sure you will enjoy it, I have been on three solos holidays to date and the people I’ve met have been great.”

“I’ve been travelling with Solos for nearly 20 years, on and off. The reason is for exactly what you want – you meet like minded people… and have loads of fun!”

“I’ve been on loads of trips with Solos over the years and can honestly say you will not regret booking your 1st one!”

“The feeling you have once you go away on your own is worth all the nerves before! I was so very anxious the first time but now having done it 4 times, I love it!”


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